The Best Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Over Memorial Day weekend I decided to tackle a gardening project last minute.  I DO NOT have a green thumb whatsoever, so I didn’t expect much.  Well about a month later as I was watering the garden I noticed four giant zucchini were ready.. with a few more flowering.  This past month I’ve been on the hunt to find all the best zucchini recipes, but they have to be toddler approved!  I came across chocolate zucchini bread.  It’s a simple recipe that is easy to make, and you can even bake them in little muffin tins instead of a loaf.  What I like about this recipe is it uses whole wheat flour, unsweetened almond milk, ripe bananas, and of course chocolate chips!

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Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 whole wheat flour
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
    • 1/3 cup honey or agave
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup shredded zucchini
    • 1 mashed ripe banana
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray nonstick cooking spray on the bottom and all around the sides of your loaf pan (or muffin liners if you are going that route).
  • Shred your zucchini and squeeze out excess water with a towel or paper towel.
  • In a medium bowl whisk whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.
  • In a larger bowl add melted coconut oil, egg, honey, vanilla, almond milk and whisk until well combined.  Fold in zucchini, mashed banana, and chocolate chips.
  • Slowly combine dry ingredients into the wet bowl.
  • Spread into greased bread pan or muffin liners.
  • Bake 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

 

 

Tips

  • When baking try using mashed banana or applesauce in place of oils.
  • Honey isn’t a refined sugar and keeps the bread nice and soft.  Agave nectar and coconut sugar are another great substitute.
  • Shredded zucchini gets veggies into your little ones without them realizing it.  It also helps keep the bread moist.
  • Replace white flour with whole wheat in order to add up to 10g heart healthy fiber.

 

 

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